Diamond

David Hoyle (UK)

Fri 26 Oct 2018

Jerwood DanceHouse

19:30 // 75 mins // £10, part of SPILL Passes.


Photo by Holly Revell

Diamond is a bittersweet journey into LGBT liberation from 1957 to current day events through the thrilling biography of David Hoyle.


Weaving together intimate personal experience and public events, Diamond charts David’s rise from gay adolescent in Blackpool to famous Channel 4 Anti‑drag queer cult phenomenon.

Reclaiming historical moments and reflecting on the lives of prominent gay figures  such as Alan Turing, and more recent LGBT political activists, Diamond revisits this challenging history and on‑going struggle for equality.

An unforgiving piece of avant‑garde theatre, Diamond navigates the transformation of gay counter‑cultures, queer gender and sexuality, and British social attitudes, and will appeal to all with liberation in their heart.

With special guests House of Ghetto.


David Hoyle took live and television audiences into strange and unsettling new regions of fun as ‘anti‑drag queen’ the Divine David in the 1990s. After a postmillennium hiatus, he returned to the stage under his own name, typically delivering electrifying multimedia shows that blend acerbic wit, queer politics, avant‑garde style and old‑school stagecraft.

As well as regular runs at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Hoyle has performed at Soho Theatre, The Southbank Centre, Sydney Opera House, Battersea Arts Centre, Tate Modern, Chelsea Theatre and the National Portrait Gallery.